Do you live in the Starkville, MS area and have an interest in having backyard beehives, but do not want to make the commitment of becoming a beekeeper? Are you interested in increasing the amount of pollinators you have in your yard, garden, or farm? Would you like to have access to deeply discounted honey and wax from your yard? Apply below to be a part of my "Host a Hive" program.
All installations, maintenance, and harvests will be done by Dreaming the Bee Apiaries. Participants have first dibs on buying the honey harvest and approximately 40% off the retail price. Beekeeping takes a lot of knowledge, time, and money. We want to make the joy and benefits of bees accessible to the community. The honey sales are how we sustain the project, pay for hives, supplies, gas, time, etc.
We are currently accepting applicants from the Starkville, MS area.
By hosting a hive you do not gain ownership of the equipment or of the bees inside.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH SPACE IS NEEDED FOR HOSTING A HIVE?
About a 10 foot radius around the hive will be sufficient. It is best to have them in an area that does not have a lot of traffic.
IS IT SAFE TO HOST A HIVE IF I HAVE PETS OR CHILDREN?
Yes and a great way to teach children about nature and food sources. We can work together to make special precautions about placement of hive in the presence of pets and children, and how to keep them at a safe distance.
HOW OFTEN WILL DREAMING THE BEE APIARIES BE CHECKING THE HIVES?
Anywhere from 4 - 8 times in the season, and this includes spring and summer harvests.
DO YOU TREAT OR MEDICATE YOUR BEES?
No, I do not believe in medicating or treating bees with chemicals
DO YOU FEED YOUR BEES ARTIFICIAL NECTAR?
No. We believe that sugar water is ultimately bad for the bees, and has some effect on the taste of honey.
WHAT IF AFTER HOSTING A HIVE I WANT TO START BEEKEEPING MYSELF?
Our Host a Hive program is a year long commitment, and is intended for those who don't want to manage their own hives but want the benefits of pollinators. The hive that is located in your yard will be moved to another Host a Hive home. Our hosting hives are not for sale, but we can help get you set up with a good company to order a hive for yourself.
CAN I BUY THE HIVE I HOSTED AND TAKE OVER MANAGEMENT OF IT?
Our hosting hives are not for sale, but we can help get you set up with a good company to order a hive for yourself.
I HAVE HEARD THAT BEE POPULATIONS ARE DWINDLING, WHAT IF THE HIVE I AM HOSTING DIES?
Death of a hive is not uncommon, and there are many factors that contribute to the death or weakening of a hive. If you are worried about this happening, a good option would be to host a second or third hive in your yard if the conditions allow for it. This will give you a higher success rate with not only honey, but pollination as well.